Hello, we've thought about having bee hive for a few years. This is the year! I'm working with a mentor and will start out with 2 hives. I've done some reading and studying and have decided to go with 8 frame hives. I am retired so I finally have some extra time to focus on raising some bees. It looks like the weather is finally going to break in our area and we'll soon be working on the hives. Chris